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Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„ Merry Christmas!ย 

So Christmas has come and it was a rather good one. Not just because of the gifts, though those were pretty awesome this year, but because we got to see friends, family, and enjoy good food.

We went to my mom’s on Christmas Eve and had dinner with her, and found out she’s basically been hoarding craft supplies from a previous sale at her work for Christmas gifts. Mattie got a $30 gift card, and I got yarn, and a box of miscellaneous craft – related items.

Sunday morning Mattie and I did our gift exchange. He seemed to be pretty happy with what I got him, and he gave me about a zillion books. Knitting, crochet, and coloring.

Later on his dad and brother came over and we sat down to a nice dinner (giant hunk of cow + baked potato + broccoli + cider & pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. We did our gift exchange after dinner and everyone seemed to be happy with what they got. Me? I got an Amazon gift card from Geoff, and his dad got me a baritone ukulele + padded gig bag + method book. Squeeee!

So now it’s time for pictures!

 

Two of the coloring books above I bought for myself but the rest were all from Mattie.

And the best gift of all! I look a mess, but isn’t it pretty?

Not pictured are bobbins for my most recent sewing machine, double pointed knitting needles, and colored pencils. You can kinda see the clip on tuner on the headstock of the uke in the above photo.

One of my gifts, another set of DPNs, never arrived, so Mattie will be contacting Amazon about them sometime today.

I ordered some stuff already with the gift card I received, including a “world’s okayest ukulele player” t-shirt, two more Crochet Lite hooks, a knitting book, a new oven thermometer, a ball of yarn, and a few other items.

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! New Years is up next!

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General · Music

Squeeee!

For the first time in my adult life, I am super excited about Christmas! So excited in fact, that I got us a Christmas shrub, and turned the dining room table into Christmasland.

 

Mattie, who claims to hate Christmas, said the tree looked incomplete until I added something to the top. I couldn’t find a small enough topper, so I settled on this big silvery bow and it worked out great! There’s so many gifts around it now and Mattie still hasn’t put all of his out- our little tree is in danger of being buried!

Tuesday night was the High Desert Ukulele Club’s Christmas party, and I took Mattie’s dad with me. He seemed to be having a decent time until people started playing music, then he got angry and left. I let him go- I was there to enjoy fun, music, singing, and socializing with a great group of people and I wasn’t planning on leaving for a few more hours. Even with him leaving early, it was a good night.

Today I took 8 of my music books into Staples to have them cut off the binding and put on a spiral binding. I swear I don’t understand why music books aren’t already marketed with a spiral binding- you are typically using both hands to play your instrument, what hand are you supposed to use to wrangle your pages with in a book that refuses to sit flat?

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It was a little more expensive than I had hoped, but they did a good job and I won’t have any more issues with the pages not staying put. Don’t judge me- I honestly don’t even like Star Wars but I like some of the music.

I still have a few more books to have rebound but most of them are done now and if I take new ones in as I get them, it won’t be much of an expense. I might also do this with some of my knitting and crochet pattern books as well.

Tomorrow I am taking Mattie’s dad to pick up some prescriptions, and I think Friday we are seeing his mom for dinner. Monday we will have out last night of pool for this year since Christmas and New Years follow right after that. My mom will be by herself over the holidays. Her boyfriend is going back to Mexico to see his kids, flying out on the 23rd, and he won’t be back until after the 10th of January. We’ll be going to her house though on Christmas Eve, and then hosting Christmas for Mattie’s dad and brother here at the house. Somewhere in there we will also exchange gifts with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

dogsrelaxBefore I go, here’s a photo of the coolest dogs ever relaxing. Yup, that’s how we do it. Belly up, paws reaching all over, goofy facial expression… all while poor old Lucy tries to ignore Sashi’s over-exuberant silliness and general good cheer.

Good night, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and I’ll likely see you after Christmas has passed. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Christmas is Coming

So as some of you know, I’m on disability, and I’m basically a broke-ass mother. I set myself at doing all my survey companies’ invites every freaking day and in 2 weeks I’ve collected almost $50 in Amazon gift cards with a few more really close to paying out. I’ve also managed to save about $70 in the last 2 months by having $1 transferred to my savings every time I use my debit card. I apparently do more shopping than I thought I did.

Anyway, I’m trying to do my Christmas shopping way ahead so there’s no “OMG It’s freaking December and what am I going to do?!?” panic. I’ve purchased for my mom and her boyfriend, for Mattie’s brother, and 4 small items for Mattie. I have no idea what to get his dad at all, and Tracy’s gift idea is something I will need to make her but it will only take a few days I think to do provided I can really focus on it. Its something I planned for several months back but no rush on it because its basically a simply just time consuming project. I already have everything I need.

I’m also trying to do my research on getting a cello. I’ve scoped out a few makers and while I’ve found one I am fairly confident about on Amazon (having seen the same model in person), I would much buy from an actual instrument maker or music shop in person. Especially because they are expensive. Basically I am looking at at least $600 for a very beginner’s model. Eek! I’m also reading Craigslist ads and checking other places for uses instruments but I’m not sure where I’m going to find the right one.

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First World Problemsย 

It’s been a while since I posted, so I guess it’s time. 

I’m still practicing my violin and going to lessons every two weeks, and I feel like I’m progressing with it pretty well. Each time I see my teacher, we move into something more difficult, which is both challenging and exciting. My current homework is to play a somewhat random string of notes across all four open strings. Each time I play it is a bit better, but it’s not quite perfect yet. 

The pawn shop where my friends works for a cello in that I desperately want, but I only have $65 I can spend, and they don’t take sewing machines so the only thing of value I could pawn (my serger I never use) is a no go. Of course this led me to a new problem. 

I thought for sure that I wanted an f-style mandolin for Christmas but after trying several of them, I decided it doesn’t call to me and I’d rather save for a cello. Of course that’s a much more expensive instrument so it may take a while to actually get. 

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Happy New Year (& Merry Christmas Too!)

I haven’t posted since around Thanksgiving. The holidays went by in a bit of a blur, but they were overall pretty good. Thanksgiving me did twice (once here with Mattie’s dad and brother, and once with my mom and her boyfriend) and then Mattie’s mom came into town around the same time. There was much gift exchanging over Christmas, and I can finally share my mom’s gift I made for her.

 

This is the blanket I spent about 4 months working on for her and finally finished just a few weeks before Christmas. Its on her King sized bed, and that’s Mildred the cat claiming it as her own. Millie was supposed to be my cat but I left her with my mom when I moved in with Mattie because Lucy is not cat-safe.

These are the details of what went into that blanket. A shitload of yarn. Almost 6,500 yards of it. Thankfully a lot of that yarn (about 5 or 6 of the 17.7 skeins) were given to me so it kept the price down.

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My mom got me a ton of yarn- yay! She has been listening when I mentioned some of my favorite yarns and the ones I use a lot of. Sashi approves!

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I crocheted what seems like a ton of scarves, 3 of which I sold (or rather I hope I sold- still waiting for payment on two of them) and I did some fun other projects. This is my bubblegum monster penis, and its about 19″ from tip to bottom of the low hanging ball. Its monstrous and I’d run away if anyone came at me with one that big! LOL

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I also pulled out an older project and added a border to it so it looks more finished. This really made a big difference and it looks so much better! I’m torn between gifting this one or adding it to my shop.

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The pattern design for the Mickey heads and surrounding stitches belong to my friend Kate. She’s fantastic at crocheting up all sorts of things, and used to run a small business making stuffed animals from crochet.

I’m also working on a knitting project that has a ton of firsts for me. I’ve run into one hitch on it but with some help from folks on the Ravelry boards I sorted it out, and hopefully in a few days I’ll be finished with it and can share it.

New Year’s Eve was spent grocery shopping, baking cookies (which I burned half of them), and toasting champagne as the new year came in. I’m finishing my third glass of champagne now and then I’m off to bed.

I hope you all had a great set of holidays and I wish you happiness in the coming year!

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Life Goals (Well, A Goal Anyway)

I’ve been doing some research and have decided that some time next year I would like to visit one of my closest friends who lives in Washington. Of course that costs money and I won’t be able to save enough to get there on my own until July. To help raise the money to visit my pretty lady, I’m offering 18% off of everything in my shop, including sale items. Everything. Just click on through to http://kittyloafdesigns.com and use coupon code CATOWASH at checkout. Easy peasy!

I’m also doing the logical thing and begging for Christmas money instead of gifts to hopefully get the money together faster because I really don’t want to have to wait until July! Below are just a few of my makes you can buy in my shop.

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